The state agency charged with ensuring children’s safety received 25 reports about Marissa Kennedy and her family in the 16 months leading up to her February 2018 murder. But it didn’t confirm her stepfather and mother were abusing her until she was dead. Read More

Essential Reads

Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton’s book, When They Took Dad Away, published by North Country Press, brought back many of my childhood memories, but not because they took my dad away. Barbara’s dad suffered from mental illness and spent a lot of time in the mental hospital in Augusta. The first time… Read More
    Designed to hold up to 100 bats, the state-of-the-art bat house was recently won by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in an online competition for nonprofits devoted to bat conservation. Read More
Ten-year-old Marissa Kennedy clearly experienced torture at the hands of her mother and stepfather before her death in Stockton Springs two years ago, Justice Robert Murray said on Friday as he explained what factored into his decision to sentence her mother to 48 years in prison for her role in the murder. Read More
It was a weekend with “must sweep” expectations for University of Maine hockey fans as the Black Bears headed into a home series against a Vermont team that is winless in Hockey East. UMaine set the tone emphatically with a 6-1 thumping on Friday night, but could only manage to… Read More